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COMBO: Lunch at Pope’s Summer Residence with Ultimate Vatican Tour

Via Cavour 224 for the shuttle bus to Castel Gandolfo
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9 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

25 people




This unique half-day tour from Rome will take you to the lovely town of Castel Gandolfo where you will visit the Papal Palace and its stunning formal gardens.
Castel Gandolfo, built on the site of the legendary ancient settlement of Alba Longa, is one of Italy’s most picturesque towns and has been home to the papal summer residence since 1596. Situated in the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani it enjoys splendid views over the beautiful Lake Albano, which you will be able to admire from the grounds of the Apostolic Palace.
Pope Francis only opened up this previously secretive property of the Holy See to the public in 2016. On this tour you will be able to explore the up-to-now hidden gems of this glorious private residence with an audio-guide in your language of choice. Then you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeously manicured Barberini Gardens and the impressive ruins of Emperor Domitian’s villa before enjoying a lunch prepared with fresh produce straight from the palace farm!
Afterwards, visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with our fantastic guide

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  • Student has to bring a valid Student ID card
  • Strict dress code: Shoulders and knees must be covered
  • Student has to bring a valid Student ID card
  • Strict dress code: Shoulders and knees must be covered
  • Please note - the Vatican has a very strict security restrictions. Due to metal detectors at the entrances of most it is forbidden to bring the following:
  • Weapons and blunt objects (knives, long umbrellas, etc.)
  • Glass bottles, aerosol sprays, and alcohol
  • Bicycles, skates, and segways
  • Luggage
  • Pets
  • Please note also that - the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica maintains a strict dress code all year-round. All visitors must have their shoulders covered and pants/skirts must come to the knee. Please wear comfortable shoes.
  • St. Peter's is closed during the following times: Wednesdays: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM, December 24 and 31
  • During these times the tour will visit other parts of the museums
  • The Vatican can get very crowded all year round. June, July and August are particularly busy as they are high-season months. On rare occasions, St. Peter's Basilica closes without notice. In this case, the tour will include a 3-hour visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel instead of St. Peter's. "


  • Admission fees to the Papal Palace and gardens
  • Ecological golf car for the Papal gardens
  • Audio guide in your selected language
  • Lunch
  • Bus or minivan from the meeting point and then to Vatican
  • Hotel Pick up / Drop off
  • Food and Beverages
  • Gratuities


Full day (7+ hours)

Tour's Location

Via Cavour 224 for the shuttle bus to Castel Gandolfo


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